Bless

1: to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word
2: to hallow with the sign of the cross
3: to invoke divine care for
4 (a): praise, glorify; (b): to speak well of: approve
5: to confer prosperity or happiness upon
archaic: protect, preserve
7: endow, favor

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Bless (v.): Old English bletsianbledsian, Northumbrian bloedsian “to consecrate by a religious rite, make holy, give thanks,” from Proto-Germanic blouson “hallow with blood, mark with blood,” from blotham “blood.”  Originally a blood sprinkling on pagan altars.

This word was chosen in Old English bibles to translate Latin benedicere and Greek eulogein, both of which have a ground sense of “to speak well of, to praise,” but were used in Scripture to translate Hebrew brk “to bend (the knee), worship, praise, invoke blessings.”

The meaning shifted in late Old English toward “pronounce or make happy, prosperous, or fortunate” by resemblance to unrelated bliss.  Meaning “invoke or pronounce God’s blessing upon” is from early 14th century.

Source: etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” 

Thomas Goodwin (1600 – 1680, known as "the Elder", English Puritan theologian and preacher, and an important leader of religious Independents, also served as the chaplain to Oliver Cromwell)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Goodwin

Blessings sometimes show up in unrecognizable disguises.” 

Janette Oke (b.1935, Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction, whose books centered on female protagonists)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janette_Oke 

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.” 

Mother Teresa (1910-1997, aka Saint Teresa of Calcutta, nun, humanitarian, missionary, and founder of "The Missionaries of Charity" in India and also the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979)

Bio Source:

www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-bio.html

“Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” 

Charles Dickens (1812—1870, English novelist, considered the greatest of the Victorian era, best known for "A Christmas Carol," "David Copperfield," "Bleak House," "A Tale of Two Cities," "Great Expectations")

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-Dickens-British-novelist 

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” 

Elizabeth Gilbert (b. 1969, American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist, best known for her 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love")

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Gilbert

Meditation

“Some people come in our life as blessings.  Some come in your life as lessons.”

Mother Teresa

 

The most toxic relationships, and circumstances can sometimes gift the most tremendous blessings and lessons.

I was fortunate to have worked in a number of challenging work environments, especially while living in New York City.  These organizations were great training grounds where I gained boat loads of experiences, skillsets, and most importantly where I found some more of my soulmates.  Such workplaces were like boot camps, paradoxically aggravating and ridiculously creative.

While working at a prestigious NYC nonprofit organization, I cut my teeth in being a qualitative researcher in providing the organization’s president with large comprehensive briefs on his upcoming meetings.  At first, the president didn’t appreciate my work, but as learned my craft and mastered my job, I was directed by so-called inexperienced managers to teach younger colleagues to do my job.  It was disappointing, but I could not focus on the motivation, but on my mission and the work.

Doing so, I not only learned how to teach, but I also learned a great deal from my students, one of whom knew the political implications of those directives at the time.

Challenging environments can build character, if we do our work with a loving spirit of love and forgiveness, or it may be our detriment and instead chip at our souls.

Continue to be courageous, bold, and resilient, sojourners!  There is precious gold on the other side of our transformations, waiting to be redeemed and delivered from our ego and false selves to a higher state of existence.

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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